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When Does Daylight Savings Time Occur?

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The simple answer is "Spring forward, Fall back."

Before more detail is given, you might not know what Daylight Savings Time is. Daylight Savings Time is the period of time in the United States where most of us set our clocks ahead by an hour. Some form of Daylight Savings Time is used in countries all over the world but the dates and time adjustments are different. As the world rotates on its diagonal axis and orbits around the sun in an eliptical manner, the amount of sunlight available per day changes along with what time of the day the sun is available. Daylight Savings Time was created to move an hour of sunlight from the morning to the night allowing the sunlight to be utilized more efficiently.

Some states, like Hawaii, and some parts of some states don't adjust their clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

So, exactly when does Daylight Savings Time occur? In the Spring, Daylight Savings Time occurs starting at 2 am on the first Sunday in April. Most people will turn their clocks ahead one hour at their local 2 am. In the Fall, Daylight Savings Time ends on the last Sunday in October at 2 am when people set their clocks back one hour. Hence the trusty saying Spring forward, Fall back.

Logan always has trouble adjusting to the start of Daylight Savings Time. Logan doesn't like having to wake up an hour earlier than normal but does like having an extra hour of sunlight after work. It is always nice to be able to wake up an hour later at the end of Daylight Savings Time.

In 2005, the clocks change on April 3rd and October 30th. Check out When Does Daylight Savings Time Occur Tool to find out what dates the clocks should be changed for any other year.

Posted: July 3, 2005

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